Putnam
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Free Agent
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Putnam was pitching well in his limited chances to begin 2017 before a torn UCL in his elbow resulted in Tommy John surgery, which ended his season in June. Over the last three seasons with the White Sox, he's struck out more than a batter per inning on an annual basis. The... read more
Putnam was pitching well in his limited chances to begin 2017 before a torn UCL in his elbow resulted in Tommy John surgery, which ended his season in June. Over the last three seasons with the White Sox, he's struck out more than a batter per inning on an annual basis. The workload was simply too small to consider it bankable skills growth, but Putnam cut back on the free passes (1.0 BB/9) before the arm injury derailed him. Rather than pay him $1 million or more while he progresses through rehab, the White Sox elected to non-tender Putnam in December, making him a free agent. He may end up signing after he finishes working his way back from surgery, but it's no guarantee that he'll be ready to pitch again before the end of the 2018 season, and either way, his role is unlikely to be a high-leverage one, regardless of where he ends up resuming his career post-surgery.
STATUS: Out    INJURY: Elbow    RETURN DATE: Aug 31,2018   
LEAGUE: Free Agent    BATS: R    Throws: R    HT: 6'2"    WT: 220 lbs.    DOB: 7/3/1987    College: Michigan    Drafted: 5th Rd in 2008Show Contract
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Zach Putnam Contract Info:
Agreed to one-year, $975K deal with the White Sox in January of 2016, avoiding arbitration.
Non-tendered by White Sox
PFree Agent  
Elbow
December 1, 2017
The White Sox declined to tender Putnam (elbow) a contract for 2018, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
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  1. Zach Putnam 2018 Preseason Outlook
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  2. Zach Putnam 2017 Preseason Outlook
    Putnam was projected to be one of the more prominent arms in the White Sox bullpen, and he looked the part during the first part of the season. By late June, the right-hander held a 2.30 ERA thanks to posting scoreless outings in 11 of his last 12 appearances, while also striking out batters at a solid rate of 9.9 batters per nine innings. Things went south after that, however, as he missed time with ulnar neuritis and ultimately had surgery to remove a bone fragment in his elbow. Thankfully, no ligament damage was found, so he should be ready to go for spring training. Putnam doesn't light up the radar gun, but his split-finger fastball has allowed him to carve out a steady, important role in Chicago's bullpen. As long as he doesn't feel any ill effects from his elbow injury, the 29-year-old will likely be one of the more trusted arms in the White Sox arsenal, although he is at least a couple injuries/trades away from vying for saves.
  3. Zach Putnam 2016 Preseason Outlook
    Putnam had been a revelation in the White Sox’s bullpen in 2014, but he took a step back in 2015. He relied increasingly on his above-average splitter, but his other pitches, while maintaining much of the same velocity, were somewhat below-average. He struck out a career-best 30 percent of batters faced, but he also walked 11 percent and allowed too many line drives in front of a poor defense. He should rebound a bit if he can get his HR/FB to regress a bit from its lofty 17.5 percent in 2015, and he should remain one of the team’s most-used relievers in 2016.
  4. Zach Putnam 2015 Preseason Outlook
    Putnam was a workhorse in the White Sox's bullpen. Like many modern short relievers, he closed the year with a sub-2.00 ERA, but he did so without the typical high-90s velocity. In fact, he did it without mid-90s velocity. Instead, he relies upon a big split fastball that averages just 85 mph and results in many groundballs. He should serve as one of the club's top right-handed setup man to begin 2014 and could be an option for the closer role should anything happen to David Robertson.
  5. Zach Putnam 2012 Preseason Outlook
    Putnam had a serviceable year at Triple-A Columbus (1.217 WHIP, 3.65 ERA, 8.87 K/9IP in 44 relief appearances) and figures to get a crack at landing a spot in the Tribe bullpen this spring. The 6-foot-2 right-hander features a fastball and nasty splitter as well as a developing slider. He'd be better served getting consistent work out of the bullpen at Triple-A, but should see some time with the Indians this year even if he doesn't head north with the club in April.
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Non-tendered by White Sox
PFree Agent  
Elbow
December 1, 2017
The White Sox declined to tender Putnam (elbow) a contract for 2018, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
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Reveals rehab timeline
PChicago White Sox  
Elbow
November 30, 2017
Putnam (elbow) reported Thursday that he hopes to begin throwing again in early January, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
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Reinstated from disabled list Thursday
PChicago White Sox  
Elbow
November 2, 2017
Putnam (elbow) was reinstated from the 60-day disabled list Thursday.
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Transferred to 60-day DL
PChicago White Sox  
Elbow
June 28, 2017
Putnam (elbow) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list Wednesday.
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Undergoes Tommy John surgery
PChicago White Sox  
Elbow
June 26, 2017
Putnam (elbow) underwent Tommy John surgery late last week, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports.
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